He saw us coming, and being unaware that we had learned of his treachery, greeted us with a smile.

In my textbook, there is no "being", I want to know the logic or rules behind.

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    was is ungrammatical in that sentence; the missing word is being. – Peter Shor Sep 4 '19 at 11:43
  • You cannot omit the verb by putting it in parentheses. You can only omit it by actually omitting it. Putting it in parentheses is the opposite of omitting it. You are calling attention to it. And the reader wonders why on Earth it's sitting in parentheses. Because the parentheses make no sense at all. – RegDwigнt Sep 4 '19 at 12:03
  • Sorry for the confusion. the original sentence has no '(was)' , that was me putting it there because I wanted to know if it was correct to put it there. Peter has pointed it out that, it should be 'being' rather than 'was'. so may I ask again, in this sentence "He saw us coming, and unaware that we had learned of his treachery, greeted us with a smile." is it grammartically more correct or redandent if I put a 'being' after the 'and'? – Elizabeth Sep 4 '19 at 13:50
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    The comma should be after "and", not before it. The parenthetical expression doesn't need a verb, because it's acting more like an adjective. – Barmar Sep 4 '19 at 23:34
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    "She is sitting there, as beautiful as usual, looking at me". No need for "and" in the parenthetical. – Barmar Sep 5 '19 at 14:59

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